Sheffield United: Canada star says Blades can be frightening

David Edgar (right) in action for Sheffield United

David Edgar (right) in action for Sheffield United

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David Edgar has described Sheffield United’s attack as “frightening” as Nigel Adkins’ team prepares to renew its rivalry with Swindon Town, writes James Shield.

But the Canada centre-half warned United’s League One rivals that, despite the arrival of players such as Conor Sammon and Billy Sharp, they are equipped to win ‘by any means necessary’ if the situation demands.

“We are frightening going forward,” Edgar told The Star. “There are goals in this group, absolutely no doubt so, if we can lock it down at the back, then we’ll have a great chance of winning games.

“It’s all about the points. That’s what matters. Whatever the result, we draw a line and move on because the next match is always the most important.

“We want big performances but, if we have to grind it out, then that’s what we’ve got to be ready to do. That’s the mentality you must have.”

Today’s match at the County Ground is the first meeting between these two clubs since last season’s epic play-off semi-final. Although Mark Cooper’s side won 7-6 on aggregate, Edgar insisted United are more formidable proposition following Adkins’ appointment in June.

The defender, signed on loan from Birmingham City, added: “There’s fantastic group here and it’s great to see this level of professionalism. Here, it comes from the management.

“You’ve got older lads encouraging the younger ones during training sessions and the games. Everybody helps each other out.

“There’s a really great feel about the place. You don’t get that everywhere, I’ve been at clubs where it’s been top-notch and others where it wasn’t at times. Having that it huge, it really is.

“We’ve got some really good communicators and people are coming into work every day with a smile on their face.”

Edgar, who arrived at Bramall Lane earlier this month, reports for international duty immediately after today’s fixture.

“This game is my number one priority right now,” he said. “Then I fly out on Sunday. It’s busy but I’ve become accustomed to it over the years. It’s an honour and you get on with it. You recover right, play the games and sleep well.”

“It’s not a bad flight to Toronto and we get looked after seating-wise,” he added. “I’m a proud Canadian and it really excites me every time I go to represent my country. I’m used to it and I enjoy doing it, that’s the key.”

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